ALGOP allows former Democrat Bobby Bright to remain on ballot

Bobby Bright
[Photo Credit: Bobby Bright]

The Alabama Republican Executive Committee will allow former Democratic Congressman Bobby Bright to remain on the GOP primary ballot.

“We did it!,” Bright posted on Facebook Saturday. “Just walked out of the hearing with Alabama’s GOP leadership, and they gave us the thumbs up! We are officially moving forward on the Republican ballot. Thank you to everyone for the your support and encouragement! Our road back to Congress continues.”

Bright, the former mayor of Montgomery, Ala. is seeking a rematch with incumbent U.S. Rep. Martha Roby for Alabama’s 2nd Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bright announced his candidacy earlier this month at the Alabama Republican Party Headquarters in Birmingham, Ala. where he explained he believes he’ll be more effective in Washington as a Republican.

His decision to switch parties left many to question whether or not he should be allow to run as a Republican, saying he was too tied to the Alabama Democratic Party to be allowed on the GOP ballot.

Ultimately the Executive Committee decided in Bright’s favor during the closed door meeting on Saturday.

Bright will not face not only Roby in the June 5 Republican primary, but also Tommy AmasonRich Hobson and Barry Moore.

The Republican winner will go on to face either Tabitha Isner or Audri Scott Williams in the general election, depending who wins the Democratic primary.